Shocker: Whooping 5,671 MD, MS seats vacant in 2019-20, states MCI BOG records
The information to this effect was recently shared in a Rajya Sabha session when Shri Kupendra Reddy asked the Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoS Health) about the PG medical admission process.
The Minister was asked to inform the parliament whether it is a fact that hundreds of PG medical seats are lying vacant in the country and if so any steps have been taken to fill them.
On this, the MoS Health put forward that as per information provided by Board of Governors in supersession of Medical Council of India (MCI BoG), 5,543 postgraduate seats in broad speciality and 128 postgraduate seats in Super-specialty subjects are lying vacant for the academic year 2019-20. Mostly Pre- para Medical (Non-clinical) subject seats remain vacant. The primary reason for the vacancy was that these seats were not preferred by the students due to their career prospects.
As per another reply of the Minister, there are total 34060 MD/MS and DM/MCh seats in the country whose admission was done via NEET PG in 2019, besides another 48031 PG medical seats and SS in autonomous institutions like AIIMS, PGIMER, DNB/FNB as well as CPS seats
After review of vacant seats in the current academic year, Central Government in consultation with the Board of Governors in supersession of Medical Council of India (MCI) had lowered the qualifying percentile in respect of NEET PG by 6 percentile. Further, in Super-specialty courses of CTVS, Cardiology and Pediatrics Surgery, percentile had been lowered to 20 percentile while for other Super-specialty courses percentile has been lowered to 40 percentile, the Minister further informed
Apart from the falling demand of many non-clinical specialisations, the main reason for vacant seats includes hefty fees of the clinical courses making them unaffordable for many at private medical colleges. While specialisations like radiology, paediatrics, orthopaedics, dermatology, anaesthesia, gynaecology, general surgery have major demand and cost, specialisation like anatomy has no demand in some states leaving the seats vacant.
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